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Corporate Counsel Institute 2012

Author(s): Scott Offer, Karen J. Kirchen
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, International Law
Published: Oct 2012
ISBN: 9781402418563
PLI Item #: 35681
CHB Spine #: B1974

Karen Kirchen is currently the General Counsel for Global Legal Strategy and Policy for Citi's Institutional Clients Group. She has held a wide variety of positions at Citi over several decades, including as General Counsel of the North America Corporate and Investment Bank; Co-General Counsel of Citicorp's Corporate and Investment Bank in Japan, Europe and North America; and Citigroup Head of Global Compliance. Karen began her career as an Associate at Weil Gotshal.

Karen received a J.D. from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 1977 and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1973.

Scott Offer leads the global Law Department of Motorola Mobility.

His team plays a key role – handling all legal matters for Motorola Mobility. This includes setting overall legal strategy; partnering with business leads; negotiating all strategic deals with customers, suppliers and partners; managing the global Motorola Mobility patent, trademark and litigation portfolio; and maintaining legal compliance.

His team is leading the current multi-jurisdictional patent litigations with both Apple and Microsoft.

In August 2011, he worked with the CEO to negotiate the acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google Inc. His team (working with Google) has cleared regulatory approvals for the transaction in all jurisdictions except China. He served as a key leader and contributor in the planning and structuring of Motorola’s businesses into two independent, publicly traded companies for separation and listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in January 2011. This included creating a new Law and Intellectual Property Department for Motorola Mobility.

Offer also led the formation of the combined Intellectual Property (IP) business and Legal teams, which consistently generate significant licensing revenues. The organization delivers a significant impact to both cash flow and operating earnings for Motorola Mobility. Offer played a lead role in the 2010 RIM patent cross-license and litigation settlement.

Since joining Motorola in 1990, he has served in leadership roles in the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region and the U.S. Offer received his LLB law degree from The London School of Economics & Political Science. Prior to joining Motorola, he worked for the law firm Boodle Hatfield, and Royal Dutch Shell plc.